“Family Matters” actor Darius McCrary accused of beating his ex-wife Karrine Steffans

Steffans, a music video star, has filed for a permanent restraining order against McCrary, accusing him of having choked her out several times and beat her with a belt in front of their 12-year-old son.

According to the papers filed, Karrine claims McCrary “choked me from behind and beat me with a belt,” all this in front of her 12-year-old son.

Karrine also said McCrary hit her again and shoved her into a car in November in front of a group of people at the Sunset Marquis Hotel in Los Angeles.

McCrary and Steffans divorced earlier this year. A court hearing is taking place next week

UPDATE: McCrary has responded to his ex-wife’s accusations, claiming she “didn’t take the finality of the divorce well and has resorted to her old tricks of public defamation.”